WHS' Jones to play football at Concordia

Matt Jones prepares to sign to play football at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Mich. He is joined at the signing by (front, from left) his parents Michael and Rebecca Jones, (back row, from left) athletic director Matt Stone, family friend Dale Winger, coach Ryan Carmichael, coach Floyd Winger and principal Kyle Wieland. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash High School senior Matt Jones signed a letter of intent Friday to continue his football career at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Jones was a tackle, defensive end and nose tackle for the Apache football team, and also played basketball at WHS.

“I chose Concordia because I thought it would help me become a man,” he told The Paper of Wabash County. “It also will help my walk with God get better. It’s a good environment and a nice city.”

Jones plans to study finance at Concordia, possibly minoring in theology.

He said when he visited Concordia, “I knew right away that’s where I wanted to be.”

The Concordia Cardinals finished the 2016 football season with a 7-4 mark, 4-2 in the Mid-States Football Association.

“I hope to bring a winning attitude, hard working mentality and get them where they want to be,” Jones said of the Cardinals. “They want to win a national championship in the next couple of years and I hope to help them get that.”

Apache coach Floyd McWhirt praised Jones for his efforts at Wabash.

“Matt’s a good kid,” the coach said. “He’s worked pretty hard the last four years and has started for us the last two and did a good job for us.

“We’re going to miss him on the field, him and all the other seniors. He was a big part of our offensive line.”

Posted on 2017 Apr 18